Society, Security, Sovereignty and the State in Somalia: From Statelessness to Statelessness?
International Books, 2001 - 312 pages
An analysis of internal dynamics of the Somali conflict and the relation between state and society, taking society and not the state as main reference point. Includes a discussion of UN / UNHCRs involvement in assistance to refugees in the special Somali situation of statelessness.
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The critique points out how the myth of Somali origin , which classifies the Somali
people as being in between African and Arab ( see Mukhtar , 1995 ; Kusow ,
1995 ; Ahmed , 1995b ) , was politicized and became a tool of political power in
In the Southern sedentary areas the Sultan was generally considered the link
between the people and the colonial state . In the nomadic areas the Aqil
became a paid middlemen , a civil servant , in the system of indirect rule ( Lewis ,
1961 ) .
During the 1980s , however , it became divided , fell apart and almost ceased to
exist as a political and military body . " ssDF regained importance in 1991 by
successfully defending the Northeastern ( Darod / Majertain ) territory against the
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Examines the history of Somalia from pre-colonial times to the present. Through the author's analysis of statehood and society, she provides a foundation for examining the Somali conflict and the ... Read full review
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